Amid U.S. soldiers being deployed to the Middle East after recent conflicts with Iran, scam text messages have been making the rounds to “draft” civilians.
The texts tell the recipients that the U.S. Army had previously tried to contact them via mail and email with no success. They are then told to go to the nearest branch for an immediate departure to the Middle East. The fake texts also list a phone number for people to call.
“The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” the agency said on Facebook. “In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft.”
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) doesn’t decide to enact the draft, as the Selective Service System handles it. And as such, the military was made an all-volunteer force since 1973, and Army recruiting operations haven’t changed since then.
The USAREC said they received multiple emails and calls in regards to the text messages, and want to ensure people that it was in no way associated with the U.S. Army.